Architecture in an Inverted Field: Recent Works
Friday October 19, 1990 – Saturday November 17, 1990
The works by Dan Hoffman shown at Storefront demonstrated a reawakened concern with the circumstances of material building processes and the increasing separation of the architect from the site and conditions of building. Hoffman’s obsession with the reestablishment of the body’s relation to building activity was reflected in six studies of building formwork to contain and direct liquid loads of materials such as concrete, resin, lead and wax. The relationship between load and formwork structure in these studies suggested an architecture that demonstrates the forces of its own construction. The exhibition also included photo documentation and a section entitled “Vision without Inversion,” an experiment that explored the phenomenon of retinal inversion. For the exhibition, Hoffman designed and tested simple devices to achieve vision without inversion.